Founded in 1967, Shiva’s Headband, Spencer Perskin's pioneering psychedelic blues group, served as house band at Austin’s original Sixties music hall, the Vulcan Gas Co., and was the first group to perform at the historic Armadillo World Headquarters. Shiva's played with such luminaries as Spirit, Steppenwolf, ZZ Top, Janis Joplin, Canned Heat, and Steve Miller. “Take Me to the Mountains,” produced by Perskin for Capitol Records, was the first record released nationally by an Austin band, and the band's first royalty check provided the seed money to open the Armadillo.
Trained as a classical violinist, virtuoso musician Perskin performs on a number of instruments, including the guitar and saxophone. His career began at age eight, and at nine he was accepted as a special music student at SMU, and he later studied in the renowned North Texas State music program with classmates like Michael Murphy and Steve Fromholz. Spencer now leads a reenergized Shiva's Headband that has recently released "Shiva's Headband: The Singles Collection," a limited-edition vinyl picture disc on Bluethroat.
Spencer is joined in the interview by singer Susan Perskin and keyboardist/singer Shawn Siegel. Show includes live performance.
Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Engineer this show: Allan Campbell. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Running time: 57:23.